The Polaris Project – UG Annual Research Expedition to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, AK

The Polaris Project – UG Annual Research Expedition to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, AK


Funded by the U. S. National Science Foundation since 2008, the Polaris

Project  trains

future leaders in Arctic research and informs the public about the Arctic

and global climate

change. During the annual field expedition to the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK)


Alaska, undergraduate students conduct cutting-edge investigations that

advance scientific

understanding of the ecological impacts of climate change on tundra


Expenses associated with travel, room, and board will be covered by the

project. There

are no tuition or fees, and each student will receive a $3750 stipend. A

portion of this

stipend ($750) will be provided before the field expedition for students to

purchase required

field gear; the remainder will be provided upon completion of the



The program is open to students who are 18+, currently students with at

least two full years of college remaining (preference for have students in

third- or fourth-year standing) or recently graduated. All students should

be working toward completing a bachelor’s degree. All students must be

eligible to attend a university without a visa (e.g. a US citizen,

permanent resident, DACA recipient).


All participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination against

COVID – 19 upon acceptance to the program. A person is considered fully

vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a primary vaccine series.

Additionally, all program participants accepted to the program must have

the most up to date COVID-19 booster by June 1, 2023 (currently the

bivalent booster). If updated boosters are released, we require the most

recent booster available. We will require proof of the most recent booster

by June 1, 2023.

*The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on Jan 9, 2023 (CST).*